Contemporary Worship: A SourceBook for Spirited-Traditional, Praise, and Seeker Services

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A practical handbook, Contemporary Worship contains everything that a congregation needs to plan, launch, and stabilize contemporary worship services. The writers in this volume discuss three formats for contemporary worship: (1) Spirited-Traditional, (2) Contemporary Praise, and (3) Contemporary Outreach-oriented services.

Brief, defining articles--which work well as reproducible handouts with worship teams-- precede each Resource Kit. The resources include sample formats, ...

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Overview

A practical handbook, Contemporary Worship contains everything that a congregation needs to plan, launch, and stabilize contemporary worship services. The writers in this volume discuss three formats for contemporary worship: (1) Spirited-Traditional, (2) Contemporary Praise, and (3) Contemporary Outreach-oriented services.

Brief, defining articles--which work well as reproducible handouts with worship teams-- precede each Resource Kit. The resources include sample formats, sample messages that are appropriate for the format, sample skits or dramas, and a database of worship choruses that are appropriate to each of the three contemporary formats. Brief articles from pastors, actors, script writers, and church consultants offer tips on recruiting and hiring musicians, developing a praise band, reshaping the worship space, creating worship bulletins, choosing the right times, and preaching to the unchurched.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780687015443
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/1997
  • Pages: 187
  • Product dimensions: 8.24 (w) x 10.96 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Meet the Author

Timothy K. Wright is Associate Pastor, Community Church of Joy Glendale, Arizona.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 11
Pt. 1 An Introduction to Contemporary Worship
Worship in a Changing Culture 17
Making the Gospel Accessible Through Worship 19
Defining Contemporary Worship 23
Historic Truths in Contemporary Packaging 27
Contemporary Worship Through the Lens of Traditional Worship 30
Contemporary Worship and the Reformation 35
Contemporary Worship in a Rural Setting 39
How to Add or Change a Service Without Splitting Your Church 43
Contemporary Worship Options 47
Pt. 2 Spirited-Traditional Worship
How to Blend Contemporary and Traditional Elements Without Offending Everyone 51
Worship Is a Relationship 54
Worship Is an Environment 59
Better Bulletins for Worship 62
Characteristics of Spirited-Traditional Choral Music 66
Resource Kit 1: Spirited-Traditional Worship 67
Spirited-Traditional Service 68
Sermon: "Getting to Know the God Who Guides You" 68
Spirited-Traditional Communion Service 74
Sermon: "Getting to Know the God of the Second Chance" 74
Spirited-Traditional Choral Resources 79
Pt. 3 Contemporary Praise Services
Selecting Songs and Choruses for a Contemporary Worship Service 85
Managing the Flow of Worship 89
Leading Contemporary Worship 92
Developing a Praise Band 96
Tips for Finding and Recruiting Musicians 99
Getting the Sound Right 102
Tips for Sound Techs Who Work with Worship Leaders 106
Resource Kit 2: Contemporary Praise Services 107
Contemporary Praise and Worship Service 108
Sermon: "Why Am I Here?" 108
Contemporary Praise and Worship Communion Service 113
Sermon: "Building on My Strengths" 113
Praise Chorus Resources 118
Pt. 4 Contemporary Outreach-Oriented Services
The Six W's of Contemporary Worship 127
Building the Service Around a Theme 130
Writing the Service as a Team 133
Don't Be Afraid of Drama 137
How to Conduct Interviews During Worship 140
Preaching to the Unchurched 144
Characteristics of Seeker-Sensitive Prayers 148
Tips on Staging 151
Resource Kit 3: Seeker Services 153
Seeker Communion Service 154
Message: "How to Build Healthy Relationships" 154
Seeker Service 159
Message: "How to Resolve Conflict" 159
Drama: "Conflict: Fix It!" 164
Seeker Christmas Eve Service 167
Message: "Come Home for the Holidays" 167
Seeker Easter Service 171
Message: "What We'll Do for Love" 171
Drama: "You're Fine" 175
Reader's Theater: "The Rib" 177
Contemporary Performance Songs 178
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